Don't call me Caitlyn: Baby name plunges in popularity

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Noah and Emma are extremely popular names for newborns.

As is tradition on Baby Names Day, Acting Commissioner Nancy A. Berryhill encourages everyone to visit the agency's website, enjoy the baby names list, and create a my Social Security account at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount. my Social Security is a personalized online account that people can use beginning in their working years and continuing through to the time they receive Social Security benefits. It also reveals which names dropped in popularity.

Noah, Liam, William, Mason, James, Benjamin, Jacob, Michael, Elijah, Ethan. The fifth most popular name, Isabella, dominated in 2009 and 2010, around the same time as the peak popularity of the Twilight series and its protagonist Bella Swan. In general, she said, parents don't want to give their children names that might attract controversy. The agency started releasing its popular baby name list by gender in 1997 but has collected names dating to 1880. For the second half of the 20th century, Jessica, Ashley, Jennifer, Lisa and Mary each had their turns as parents' favorite names for girls. The 2016 list features some of the same names at the top. "That exchange highlights the increasingly smooth sound of today's boys' names, and the dominance of Old Testament names among tradition-minded parents, " she says.

Kehlani rose 2,487 spots on the girls' side to number 872, from number 3,359 in 2015.

But these effects can also be seen when less traditional names make a huge jump in popularity beyond the top 10. Kylo jumped 2,368 spots to No. 901. Other names from the 2015 film The Force Awakens that moved up were Finn and Leia.

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